Around-the-World Travel - Best Advice
Are you planning an around-the-world trip or extended travel as a family, couple or solo traveler? We got lots of advice before we left on our open ended family world trip seven years ago, but the best advice we got was to take more than a year.
I talked to several people who had done around-the-world trips and most took a year and every single one said it was just not long enough. Before long term travel, a year seems like a long time for a perpetual vacation, but amazingly it zips by so fast and the world is big. Slow travel is essential if you don't want to experience travel burn out and if keeping costs down is important to you.
We sold our home in 2005 to start this digital nomad travel lifestyle and took a year to prepare including lots of small trips as we sold almost all of our belongings and became minimalists. Now there are many websites and books on this topic, but then there were almost none as tech wasn't quite there to make it as easy as it is today.
Frankly, even seven years have zipped by. We didn't know our around-the-world trip would be so long or that we'd go round-the-world a few times and see many countries we had never expected to see or be on our list. 45 countries now on 5 continents since we began with many of them very deep explorations with many return trips to our "homes' around the world. We just fell in love with the freedom of our travel lifestyle that allows us such a rich life on little.
The more we travel, explore and see, the bigger we realize this planet is. A RTW trip will change you and your world view, so my best advice, is to go slow, keep it open-ended, follow your heart, bliss and take as much time as you can to get to know this incredible planet, it's wonderful people and yourself.
Before we began, we didn't know that this was all possible and had our share of fears about travel. If you are called to world travel or ANY other dream, trust your heart, prepare well and make it happen!